Here are some radioactive isotopes and their industrial application.
Nowadays, it is standard for a home to have smoke detectors.
Isotopes have the same number of protons, but they differ in the number of neutrons.
Now that we've recalled what isotopes are, what makes them radioactive?
In this lesson, we will learn all about radioactive isotopes and their uses.
Before we go into discussing radioactive isotopes, let's recall what an isotope is. It has a nucleus made up of protons and neutrons with electrons around the nucleus.
The good news is the irradiated food doesn't come into direct contact with the radioactive isotope, so the food won't be radioactive.
If an isotope has an unstable nucleus that breaks down to emit radiation, then these are what we call radioactive isotopes, also known as radioisotopes.There are about 50 naturally occurring radioactive isotopes, and the rest are artificial. There are many radioactive isotopes that are very beneficial in applications in medicine.We probably don't know all of the many uses these radioactive isotopes have, or the benefits they bring in various fields. For instance, radioactive isotopes are used for radiation therapy and for locating brain tumors.As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 70,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more.Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.